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moon time essentials

writer: Jutta joki
Picture: Ona Rihu

As I’m typing these words I’m on my period. And I am loving it!
After years of seeing my menstrual phase as the necessary evil I have now found new respect for this phenomenon that makes me so wonderfully feminine. This is my love letter to “that time of the month” and an invitation for you to change the way you see your period. There is a deeper meaning behind our bleeding. It is a sign of us being able to birth whether it be new ideas, projects, or a baby. And with birthing there comes pain, both emotional and physical. Our moon time can stir up emotions of frustration, anger and discontentment. That is why it is a sacred time for deep reflection and evaluation. As we are shedding our uterine linings, we will benefit from thinking: what else can we shed? The things we want to release and let go of begin to surface. I find that this state of introspection (where both brain hemispheres are equally active) enables transformative, deep work. I find it easier to concentrate and immerse myself in new ideas. I tap into this clarity and wisdom. In chinese medicine, period pain is considered as stagnation of blood or energy. I have yet to crack the code to a pain-free period, but in the meantime I make sure to get my needs met with plenty of self-care.

This is how I navigate my moon time:

moon time

3 mellow days –

I do my best to schedule three days for doing nothing, but resting and making myself as comfy and cosy as possible. This usually looks like a pillow and blanket fort with an ample suply of comforting warm drinks. I will lighten my work load as much as possible. I make alone time my priority and ensure I have fewer social engagements if any.

nourishing, warming food –

This is important on the week leading to my cycle and also during my period. Opting for warm meals with grounding root vegetables and healthy fats is a good idea. Steering clear of cold smoothies and other cold food/drink is imperative.

thinx period panties –  

As one preferring to flow more freely, instead of a period cup, I opt for other sustainable ways to ride my crimson wave. Period panties are my #1 way to go. They are super comfy and work well on my lighter days. On my heavy days I use washable organic cotton cloth pads in addition as needed.

raspberry leaf and nettle infusion –

herbal infusions are a great way to add minerals and some plant magic to your period. I use raspberry leaf to tone the uterus and nettle to replenish the iron lost during the bleeding.

oat heat pack –

I use an oat heat pack to keep my lower abdomen warm and cosy. It increases the blood flow, eases cramps and feels oh so comforting!

essential oils and magnesium spray –

a lot of essential oils have warming, cramp relieving and hormone stabilizing effects. I usually go for clary sage, basil or francincense. I dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil and rub it on my stomach using slow, circular movements. I often add magnesium spray and top the whole thing off with the heat pack. Period bliss!

journaling and tarot -

journaling is the perfect use for that inward energy during menstrual phase. I concentrate on intuitive and reflective writing. Sometimes I like to throw in an impromptu tarot card session too.

This is something I find works for me. Something else might work for you. Be sensitive to your own individual needs and care for yourself gently. Even if you are not currently experiencing a normal female cycle (missing your period for some reason), I invite you to be sensitive and alert as you too might also find a more introspective time of the month. Whatever the case may be, let yourself soften, turn inward and celebrate this special time of the month.

BONUS TIP: If you want to undertand your cycle better, I highly recommend the book Womancode by Alisa Vitti.

kuu liikuttaa meitä

PICTURE: pinterest

Kuu liikuttaa valtameriä. Kehomme on 70% vettä. Kuu liikuttaa meitä. 

Kun pysähdymme huomaamme elämän syklisyyden, huomaamme kuun taivaalla, sen eri vaiheet, uudesta kuusta täyteen kuuhun. Mitä syvemmälle pysähdymme, sitä enemmän alamme huomata. Huomaamme kuinka kuun ollessa pimennossa, energiamme on aivan erilainen kuin täydenkuun aikaan. 

Kuinka kuu liikuttaa sinua, meitä, tätä yhteiskuntaa, koko valtamerta? 

Kuun ja maapallon vetovoima vetää vettä puoleensa. Vuorovedet syntyvät tästä vetovoimasta. Entä miten tämä vetovoima vaikuttaa meihin? Asioita mitä emme nää, mitkä eivät tule päin näköämme, saatamme sivuuttaa. Vain koska emme pysty näkemään vettä itsessämme, ei tarkoita sitä ettei sillä olisi suuri vaikutus meihin. Entä jos vain tunnemme, opettelemme tuntemaan veden meissä, ja sen kuinka kuun eri vaiheet vaikuttavat meihin. Mitä jos kuu on työvälineemme. Sen avulla pystymme hallinnoimaan energian käyttöämme. Mitä jos pystymme opettelemaan syklistä energian käyttöä. Olemaan syklissä luonnon syklien kanssa. Kun käytämme energiamme älykkäästi, elämämme virtaa helpommin.

Istun joogamatolleni, kädessäni höyryävä tee. Pidän mukia sydämelläni, ja luon yhteyttä tähän hetkeen. Kehoni lämpenee jokaisesta hörpystä enemmän ja enemmän. Pikku hiljaa löydän yhteyden hengitykseeni, puhdistan uniset keuhkoni, ja annan kehoni liikkua tämän hetken energia tasoni mukaan. Kun kuu on täydessä loistossaan, energiani on katossa, haluan tuntea palon, käyttää tätä energiaa. Kun taas kuun ollessa pimennossa, taivaan ollessa musta, kaipaan hiljaisuutta, pysähtymistä, pitkiä syviä venytyksiä.  Kun aloitamme aamumme tästä yhteydestä itseemme, koko universumiin, alamme oppia käyttämään energiamme oikein. Antamalla itsellemme hetken löytää yhteys, opetella tätä yhteyttä, joka harjoituksen jälkeen ymmärrämme paremmin itseämme, energiaamme, koko universumin energiaa. 


Pssttt.. olen kirjoittanut alkuperäisesti tekstin Virtawellbeingille. VIrta on kahden enkelin, hannan ja sonjan upea luomus. He tarjoavat joogaa, meditaatiota ja hyvinvoiva alan luentoja organisaatioille. Näistä enkeleistä vielä myöhemmin lisää!

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boobie talk part 1


Our lady parts are divine. Somewhere along the line it became a tabu to talk about them, even though these parts give life, shelter and nourish all of us in our early years on this planet. I love talking about all things shocking, all things tabu. So one day we could share knowledge without any shame and embrace our lady parts. 

So boobs. Those magical lady lumps on your chest. These magic lumps literally produce liquid gold when you breast feed. It’s been documented that breast milk is ever changing to the needs of the baby. The nipple’s aureola literally communicates the needs of the baby, though the saliva. Before our motherhood years, our breasts are still making sure we stay strong and healthy. As their hypersensitive nature, they constantly communicate with the environment, so our bodies will produce what it needs in order to thrive. How amazing is that? They are literally our power houses. If that doesn’t blow your mind, I don’t know what will. So how can you honour your breast, show love and gratitude to them daily?

How to love your boobs

  • Your environment is a big one. Everything from diet to clothes, to emotions, water, cosmetics and those nasty chemicals we face daily (especially plastic) have so much to do with your breast health (aka your whole wellbeing). Your body will always work it’s best to provide you with thriving being, but at this day and age our bodies just can’t keep up with the constant stressors from within and outside ourselves. So to thrive, our boobs are calling us to let go of everything that’s polluting them.

  • This includes choosing the diet that best works for you (organic is always a more loving choice).

  • Choose to wash all of your textiles with organic laundry options. Outi Les Pyy is the guru of sustainable laundry.

  • Check your water! Here in Finland we’re blessed with good quality water. But still the water quality varies. So if you feel like the pipes in your house are not the best, go for a water filter. And if you’re living in a place where it smells like a swimming pool in your shower, definitely go get a water filter. After all we’re 80% of water. So you can just imagine what the chemicals will to you, and your breasts.

  • Yes chemicals, here and there. Chemicals which are not natural, and don’t provide long term happiness are a no- no. I would say artificial chemicals give us an easy way in and out. The main artificial chemical I want to touch upon here is plastic. Plastic is everywhere. And that’s probably my least favourite thing that’s ever been invented. Especially when they stared to put it everywhere. If we’re not careful, the chemicals from plastic will get in touch with our skin, our bodies and yes to our breasts. A big one to pay attention to is the food and liquid we consume and if there is plastic touching it. So all those plastic food containers, bottles and even teflon (yes, it’s a form of plastic), will leak chemicals into your food and drinks. What makes it even worse is exposing the plastic packaging to heat. You might think, so what does it matter if plastic leaks into our system? Well, plastic actually can mimic as one of our primal hormones, as it leaks into our blood streams it can actually act similar to estrogen. Yes, that’s pretty crazy if you ask me. But this is not recommended as a hormone dosing, cause as there is good and bad estrogen. And yes, this is definitely not the good kind. Besides the quality, most of us females suffer from having too much estrogen in us anyway. High levels of stress, and almost all that is harmful t0 our breast also causes us to produce more estrogen. (Just to keep you with me, our main female body hormones are progesterone and estrogen. We need both, and they work in balance together. They rise and drop one at a time, to create our divine cycles, aka our periods.)

  • You are beautiful. Inside and out. You don’t need those chemicals. Those magic products, which are robbing your money and promising magic in a bottle, that’s far from magic. Bottles that are actually filled with chemicals our bodies don’t need. There’s so much natural cosmetics out there. So many variations to try out. But I would say that minimalism goes a long way, and our supportive self talk is a million times more beautifying than any product out there. Which leads me to the last breast love providing action.

  • What’s the relationships you have with yourself? How do you talk to yourself when you see/feel/hear and be yourself. This is the most crucial point to focus on. All the actions will follow when we start to truly notice how much love we are and provide to ourselves. Your self talk does so much. When you can find a place of love within you, you will thrive and you will be loved, because you are love, my love.

women's bank

writer:ona Rihu
illustration: Saara helkala

"Empower a Woman"

"Empower a Woman"

Women's bank is a Finnish volunteer network that strives to provide women in developing countries a chance to become an entreprenour and build a career. 

"Women in Finland are known for their independence and equal status with men. Finnish women were the first in Europe to win the right to vote and the first in the world to be able to stand as candidates at elections. The country’s municipal day care system has since the 1970’s enabled women to work and have careers. Now Finnish women want to give other women a chance to succeed."

In just over ten years, Women’s Bank’s volunteer network has fundraised well over 10 million euros for women in developing countries.
This money is used for

  • financing projects that improve women's income, productive skills and rights. 
  • Microloans, upgrading skills and other activities in support of women’s entrepreneurial activity
  • Other new and innovative pilot projects focused on enterprises for women.

These donations can improve women's lives drastically. To give these women tools to build a career, to become self-employed and more independent is the best gift you can give. The opportunities this program can give to these women can change their lives for good. And for these amounts that we can so easily spend on a day out on the town, you can make a huge difference in someones life. 

I am guilty of getting caught up my everyday life and drowning myself mundane thoughts about what to have for dinner etc. And that's okay, sometimes your heart needs to rest for a while. But it's also important to remember the magnitude of everything around us. There is a lot of injustice in the world, and there is something that we can do about it. Even if it's a small thing to you, it can mean a lot to someone. Let's not close our eyes. 

So, what can I do?

  • With 15 euros you can pay for daycare so that mothers will be able to attend training.
  • With 30 euros you can enable a woman to receive vocational training, in other words get a profession.
  • With 50 euros you can support the business training of a woman.
  • With 75 euros you can gift a microloan to start a business

Read more about Women's Bank and their mission here



tracking your cycle

Writer: Ona Rihu
Picture: Ona Rihu

Natural Cycles thermometer

Natural Cycles thermometer

For us women, It’s extremely helpful to know our cycle inside out and see the bigger picture behind our fertility. Our reproductive system is very complicated and not many of us actually know the specifics of what goes on in our body every month.  I recommend reading the “holy bible” of the female reproductive system, “Taking charge of your fertility” by Toni Weschler to all women. This book has taught me so much. Even if you're not planning on tracking your cycle, it's a huge advantage to be able to understand your body on a deeper level.

By tracking your cycle you can find a whole new world of the female body and see which days you have a chance of getting pregnant and which days you’re safe. So you can use this method to avoid getting pregnant, or to help you get pregnant! And by ‘tracking’ I mean measuring your temperature every day just after waking up and writing it down. I use NaturalCycles because it’s an app that I have on my phone wherever I go. It uses an algorithm that tells me when I’m ovulating, when I have “green days” and it predicts my cycle months ahead. It’s also the first and only certified contraceptive app and a lifesaver to women who don’t want to use hormonal birth control. 

Now, keep in mind that this is a natural method and requires patience, maturity and understanding your body. There is so much to learn about our reproductive system as women and it’s a privilege to be able to understand exactly what goes on in your body each month. You can easily educate yourself online. Read into it, get involved and thank me later! Remember that this method does not protect against STD's.

Note: Natural Cycles is 93% effective and should only be used by women over 18 years old. 

This post was made in collaboration with NaturalCycles.